I understand that many people do peel the asparagus, and certainly the person who wrote the article is a chef, but his assertion that if one doesn't peel it the asparagus is stringy and tough is not always true. Perhaps he doesn't know that because he always peels it.
Either way, I wasn't trying to offend with my post and wouldn't think anyone else was either. How recent was the introduction of green asparagus in Europe? It would seem to be less common to have white asparagus since that takes more work to grow. I read that asparagus grows wild in Europe, too.
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